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See this image:

Rebel aiming at the Falcon

What is he doing there? Why is he aiming at the Millennium Falcon?

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    he's rebel paparazzi, trying to get the scope on the Falcon touching down for the Yavin daily. – Justin C Feb 9 '12 at 21:03
  • @JustinC: Oh snap, why didn't I think of that. Wait until he publishes the Leia/Luke kiss from EpV! – bitmask Feb 9 '12 at 21:06
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    Radar gun, Han is about to get a ticket in the mail – NominSim Feb 9 '12 at 21:26
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    Pew, pew... got ya! – Anthony Feb 10 '12 at 2:06
  • On the original theatrical release disc the rebel isn't aiming at anything at all; except for clouds the sky is empty above the jungle. The Falcon must have been added in one of the re-releases. – Kyle Jones Feb 12 '12 at 2:44
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To avoid active scanning - from planet-bound scanners - that could be detected from Imperial space probes, the rebel is using a hand scanner to read the transponder code / weapons status / access code - you name it - of the Falcon.

What you don't see is that he calls then the base for confirmation.

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    Is that from canon, or a guess? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 9 '12 at 22:00
  • Well, at that point there is nothing they could do against the ship if it was an imperial aggressor, right? – bitmask Feb 9 '12 at 22:03
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    @bitmask: The Falcoln was probably locked up in the sights of ground-based weaponry. Had it been an aggressor it would have spread burning debris across the jungle and ruined some animal's days, but that's about it. – Jeff Feb 9 '12 at 22:05
  • @Jeff: Good point! – bitmask Feb 9 '12 at 22:09
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    FYI: That is just an educated guess, from a logical point of view (the rebel certainly wouldn't try to blast the Falcon to oblivion with a hand gun). Though I think I've read about that somewhere... – Marc-André Appel Feb 9 '12 at 22:16
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This individual is identified on the Starwars.com databank website as Corporal Osleo Prennert. Apparently he was acting as a sentry for the base. The device in his hand appears to be some kind of scanner rather than a gun.

Corporal Osleo Prennert was the sentry on duty when the Millennium Falcon landed on Yavin 4.

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And from the film's junior novelisation

...a Rebel sentry visually monitored the freighter’s atmospheric descent from an observation tower, which was little more than a barrel-topped pole that extended high above the jungle floor

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